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White Balance [Kindle Edition]

Ainslie Paton
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

White Balance

He saw the world in grey. She gave him back his colour.

In one stolen moment, a man bared his soul. She only saw him through her camera lens but she’s overwhelmed by the desire to comfort him.

When Bailey meets scarily attractive Aiden, she’s struck by the oddest feeling he’s in pain. He soon proves how bogus first impressions can be. He’s not in pain. He causes pain, belittling with his intelligence and humiliating with his wit.

Aiden’s life is wildly out of balance. But no-one needs to know that, least of all the sparkling Bailey, even if it means ruining a perfectly good professional relationship with the only woman who ever made him forget Shannon.

Then together they save a man’s life, Aiden’s two realities collide and Bailey discovers she’s stolen his soul.


Editorial Reviews

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This is a romance but it's more and not just because of the density of the storytelling. I also appreciated how deeply into the psyche of the characters I was drawn.  I'll remember Aiden and Bailey for a while which is more than I can say for other books I've read of late.
Jane Litte, Dear Author


Dear Author's number 4 in Best Books for 2013

 

From the Inside Flap

He couldn't remember the last time he'd felt so anxious in a pitch meeting. Blake was winding his portion of the presentation up, getting ready to hand over to Bailey.  She was sitting between them, a watchful expression on her face, a smile but a guarded one. She was reading the room too.  This was the first time he'd seen her dressed in a suit. Heed was a casual workplace and she dressed simply in jeans and ts, but today was a dress up day.  She wore a dark grey tailored suit, a dress with a jacket and sky high heels that'd changed the height ratio between them when she did her glitter inspection in the car park before they came in.

She'd stood so close and looked carefully over every millimetre of his face. It was like a reverse strip tease, the deliberateness of it, more of a heart starter than he needed, and a good thing it happened while Blake was busy taking a call from the office.  She smelled divine, not floral, something sharp and sassy.  She had a hunk of twisted silver around her neck and a silver clip in her hair that had the effect of making her look more like rebellion than stuffed corporate shirt. The dress showed off her legs in a way jeans didn't have the guts to.  He remembered her legs from that night at her house, but in those heels, sensational. She knew what she was doing, this was a seduction, and he was so hooked it was almost painful.

He hadn't wanted to ask how she felt about him. He didn't need to.  It was there when she looked at him.  Not pity any more, but flirting at the edge of a stronger, deeper connection.  He was sorry he had asked, because now there was no pretending she was simply indulging him and being friendly.  And pretending was one of his key capabilities. Pretending got him up in the mornings and sanely into bed at night. Bailey had stripped him of make-believe.  She was all too present; all too real.

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  • File Size: 1970 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0091V1M74
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,681 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I noticed one reader's review being criticial of Ainslie's grammer and spelling. Perhaps she is confusing US and English spelling. From an English spelling point of view, which is what we use in Australia, the book is grammatically correct. So we say colour not color, centre not center, neighbour not neighbor etc. I think Anslie uses the spelling of stupid as "stoopid" because that's the way the character is pronouncing it - it's meant to be humorous.

I love reading Ainslie books, they are a "can't put down book" that have me laughing as well as taking me on an emotional rollercoaster ride. The characters in this book are so real life, from their torments and fears to their hopes and dreams. For the Hero in this book, I would not wish the anguish he goes through on anyone but the process from anguish, anger, fear, guilt to love (being the light at the end of his tunnel) is very insightful and realistic. Our Heroine is also someone that has to battle with parents who do not have any faith in her abilities and are always critical. Her perseverance against the battle of insecurity, realising her self worth and that she is deserving of love (being the light at the end of her tunnel) is very true to life. Really worth reading.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Treat-A True Romance July 22, 2013
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I admire an author that can sustain a story line without constantly having people fall into bed complete with 5 page description. The characters had depth, even the secondary ones. You feel like these could be real people. No evil meanie stereotypes or billionaire playboys here. If you are looking for a fresh, well written, well edited book, this is it. Loved how the friends dealt with each other flaws and all. Loved that a 10 year marriage was portrayed as a good thing. Loved that Aiden tried so hard to do the right thing for himself and others. You could feel the heart ache of each character as they disappointed each other and ultimately forgave each other. And of course there was the happily ever after. Only downside for me was the liberal use of profanity. A few less F- words would have been nice. Otherwise, a rare treat as a free kindle book. I would definitely read this book again as well as other works by this author. (As a rule, I don't restate the plot, other reviewers, as well as the synopsis do it better.)
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate package September 21, 2012
By So-fo
Format:Kindle Edition
Just finished reading this beautiful story and am suffering a book hangover. The story once again stars strong characters which is set in the best City in the world, Sydeny. I felt the sea spray on my face and the semll of the salty air from the descrption of several scenes at the beach. I loved the story-line and there was once again so many laugh out loud times from the author's witty ways. This story also had such passion and love that most people only ever dream of. This author is such a great story teller, well done.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ugh, and wow! July 30, 2013
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So this read is great. However the romance is way tortured! You can totally feel for the characters but if you are looking for your typical romance this isn't for you. It will definitely remind you that life can suck but love really is worth it all
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Such a good read! July 9, 2013
By Belinda
Format:Kindle Edition
The characters in White Balance are so like people you know it's as though they're having a cup of tea with you. The realistic portrayal of a man coming to terms with loss and a woman defining her independence is revealed with a slow unwrapping that drops puzzle pieces in place just when you need them, but also when you weren't expecting them. A lovely, engaging read with good humourWhite Balance
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars don't judge a book by the synopsis July 26, 2013
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I resisted reading this when I read the synopsis. It sounded ...melancholy. But it was also so much more heartfelt and realistic compared to books of this genre. I cried buckets, but laughed and felt for the characters. So do read it and do not think it's just another romance novel.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed! November 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This latest title from Ainslie Paton doesn't disappoint. She is even getting better with each new title. I have read all of her titles and always find them entertaining with their witty dialogues.

This is the story of a very depressed hero who thinks life isn't really worth living and an heroine who has parents who thinks she can't fend for herself and keeps putting her down though she is trying very hard to make a go with her own business. When one of her project turns sour she has to accept an administrative job with an old friend. Our hero is also recruited by the same guy and they meet. There are a lot of tension and sparks between the two. The story takes you on a nice ride with lots of interesting twists.

A wonderful read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another big story July 22, 2013
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This is another great big story from Ainslie Paton, where you don't just get a few characters, you get a world. Set mostly in a workplace it's a great world with complex relationships.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the book but it did seem to drag out ...
I enjoyed the book but it did seem to drag out and ended without any surprises. One particular character seemed to morph to fit the needs of the plot. Read more
Published 20 hours ago by Karla Meadows
4.0 out of 5 stars Literary readers, Romance fans will love it
Grief is a problematic topic for big houses that want to sell to everybody. Too often, they refuse to publish novels that focus on the process of grieving. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Carol Kean
5.0 out of 5 stars Big doofus finds love
Good storyline but at times I want to slap the main character. He really was a big doofus.
Published 27 days ago by B. Benford
4.0 out of 5 stars good.don't go by cover.
I'm puzzled by the cover photo- not sure why the author used this one.It gives a wrong impression of what this story is about.
all the characters are good. Read more
Published 28 days ago by kat
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!
I absolutely loved this book. Can tell a great book when I want to know how it ends, but then don't want it to end at the same time. Loved Aiden, loved Blake, loved Bailey. Read more
Published 1 month ago by atabarac
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of angst & sexual tension
Aiden is in the advertising business & at the start of the book he's deeply depressed after his wife & unborn child die in an accident. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars A weird slow read that held my attention to the very last page!
This story sucks you in, the characters are complex, and is as inconsistent as the weather and dialogue is deep and thought provoking, White Balance is memorable.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story. Forgettable flaws.
This is a great story. I loved how photography is used to reveal the true state of mind of the main characters and how it connected them. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars White Balance of Love
A story of loss that is healed by a women who is physically healing herself. Then love follows. Great read.
Published 10 months ago by Dorothy Goodman
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected
The book was nothing like I thought it was going to be and not exactly what I usually read but I couldn't help getting drawn into the story and loving it. Good read
Published 11 months ago by Tammy
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More About the Author

Ainslie Paton is a corporate storyteller working in marketing, public relations and advertising.

She's written about everything from the African refugee crisis and Toxic Shock Syndrome, to high-speed data networks and hamburgers.

She writes cracking, hyper-real romances about strong women and the exciting men who love them.

Ainslie lives in Sydney, Australia, not far from the beach and blogs at: www.ainsliepaton.com.au



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